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Carol Ann Duffy, Suzanne Batty & Clare Shaw

Come and celebrate the launch of three of the most anticipated and emotionally charged poetry books of the year. Carol Ann Duffy’s final collection as Poet Laureate, Sincerity, is a frank, disarming and deeply moving exploration of loss and remembrance in their many forms. Carol Ann has received numerous awards for her candid and heartfelt poetry, including the Whitbread, Forward, T S Eliot and PEN Pinter Prizes. Suzanne Batty transforms mental anguish into things of anarchic and sensual beauty in her second full-length collection, States of Happiness, featuring a sequence of poems written in memory of her twin sister, who died of a rare degenerative disease. Clare Shaw’s third collection, Flood, offers an eye-witness account of living through the 2015 flooding of her home town Hebden Bridge, interwoven with more intimate poems chronicling the breakdown of a relationship – themes of loss, destruction and recovery are explored in a language as dangerous and sustaining as water.

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